If you have been pulled over for DUI in Arizona, it’s important that you immediately secure legal counsel. You can request to speak to your attorney immediately – if refused by police to talk to an attorney, you have a solid DUI defense. By having an expert DUI attorney by your side every step of the way, you can ensure that your rights — including your driving privileges — are always protected. As a legal professional, Shah Law Firm also has other helpful tips for those that have been pulled over for DUI.
How to Respond When Being Pulled Over for DUI by Arizona Police
When you are pulled over by police or highway patrol anywhere in the state of Arizona, the best approach in terms of how you handle yourself physically is to put your hands on the steering wheel and keep them there. When asked for it — and never before — provide the officer with your license, registration, and insurance information.
- If the officer asks you about alcohol, simply explain to him or her that you won’t answer those questions. While this may seem confrontational or overly assertive, what you are doing in essence is invoking your right to remain silent until an attorney is present.
- If the officer is lingering by the car rather than taking your documents back to his or her patrol car, you may ask if you’re free to leave or if you’re under arrest.
- No matter what, the value of being courteous, forthcoming, and polite can never be underestimated — even if an officer is trying to provoke you to anger or trying to force you to speak, maintain your cool and be considerate.